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Deportation leaves Hall County teens without parents
'Sometimes the law just breaks families apart,' says East Hall High senior
Jonathan Rodriguez, right, and his brother Alexis recently saw their father deported to Mexico. Their mother later left as well to help care for her husband’s health issues. - photo by Erin O. Smith
From the outside, this home in East Hall looks like any other. A big grassy lawn leads up to the front stoop of the two-story wood-framed residence, which is tucked away in a quiet subdivision where kids freely roam, skateboarding and playing ball in the streets and jumping out of the way as cars slowly drive by. A gaggle of little children chase after the family dog and roll around on the floor.